So you speak English fluently, you’re outgoing and enthusiastic. Combine that with a TEFL qualification and you’re in for a fantastic opportunity in some amazing countries.
(Psst, if you want to get started, check out our range of TEFL courses that can make it all happen…) Here are a number of things you could do with a TEFL certificate:
See the World
There are so many amazing places in the world that are just waiting to be explored. There’s a whole world of colours, smells, sounds and experiences out there: from firecrackers echoing in the streets of Beijing at Chinese New Year, to the smell of some amazing street food at the Thai markets. Teaching English abroad is a great way to see the world whilst getting paid. Thailand, Ecuador, Indonesia, Czech Republic… where ever you want to go, a TEFL qualification is your ticket there.
Have you ever looked around you and thought ‘Is this it… Really?’ Well, it might be time to do something a bit more challenging with your life. Doing something more stimulating than staring at a computer screen for eight hours a day could be tempting, no?
Moving abroad is full of challenges. Hell, when you live overseas, even going to the supermarket can be an exciting foray into the unknown. Try it and you’ll find yourself working out bits of your brain you didn’t even know you had.
Experience New Cultures
When you’re teaching abroad you’re never just a tourist, you’ll be experiencing a new culture hands-on. As the new English person on the block, you’ll be the person all the locals want to get to know. This is a great way to get involved with the local community and really experience a new culture.
Make a Difference
You can really make a difference to your students lives, for some people it can really be the difference between a successful career in international business, or a frustrating life in regional bureaucracy, so you really could transform your student’s lives. What could be more rewarding?
Enhance Your CV
While lazing on a beach, sampling the selection of cocktails isn’t going to make you more employable. A stint teaching English abroad really will. In your time teaching you’ll be gaining some really useful skills, such as leadership, communication and organisation skills, which are transferable to any job. So no matter what career path you go down, you’ll have an impressive CV/resume which will make you stand out from the crowd.
Make New Friends
When you head abroad to teach you’re not just thrown into some unknown classroom and expected to sink or swim. There’s always some kind of support network available: from local teachers at your school to other expats, everyone will be keen to make you feel welcome. So, not only will you have some incredible experiences in your new home, you’ll have some incredible new friends to share them with too. And if you’re at all nervous, just check out this article, How to Make Friends while Teaching Abroad: https://www.i-to-i.com/tefl-chalkboard/emmafoers/posts/559-how-to-make-friends-while-teaching-abroad
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